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How to upload a video to YouTube on any device

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So you need to upload a video to YouTube. Whether it’s for a class project, a presentation at work or to kick off a long-contemplated vlogging journey, uploading a video to the world’s most popular video-sharing platform is fairly simple.

First you’ll need to make sure you create a YouTube channel if you don’t have one, as the simple Google account you use to roam the platform alone won’t do.

You can upload a video using YouTube Creator Studio on a computer or use the YouTube mobile app to upload directly from your video gallery.

Here is how to share your visual genius with the world.

How to upload a video to YouTube on a computer

1. Log into YouTube Creator Studio.

2. Click on the “Create” icon in the top-right corner and select “upload videos.”

3. Select the file or files you want to upload.

4. You will be asked to give the video a title, a description, a thumbnail and other details.

How to upload a video to YouTube.
How to upload a video to YouTube.
How to upload a video to YouTube.
How to upload a video to YouTube.

5. Click "Next." In the next window, you can add subtitles, an end screen and “cards” to promote related content in your video.

6. Click "Next." YouTube will scan your video for any potential copyright issues in the next window.

7. In the final step you can choose whether to make your video private, unlisted or public.

How to upload a video to YouTube.
How to upload a video to YouTube.

8. Hit "Publish" or "Save" depending on your privacy settings. You can also schedule a publishing date.

How to upload a YouTube video from Android app

  1. Open the YouTube app.

  2. Tap the “create” icon.

  3. Select “Upload video.

  4. Choose a video from your gallery.

  5. Hit “Next.”

  6. Enter your video details, including a title and description.

  7. Adjust audience settings; YouTube will ask if your video is made for kids.

  8. Adjust age restriction settings. YouTube gives you the option to restrict your video to viewers 18 years or older.

  9. Tap “Upload.”

How to upload a video from iOS app (iPhone and iPad)

  1. Open the YouTube app.

  2. Tap the “create” icon.

  3. Select Upload video.

  4. Choose a video from your gallery.

  5. Hit “Next.”

  6. Enter your video details, including a title, a description. The iOS app also allows you to add a custom thumbnail.

  7. Adjust audience settings; YouTube will ask if your video is made for kids.

  8. Adjust age restriction settings. YouTube gives you the option to restrict your video to viewers 18 years or older.

  9. Tap “Upload.”

How to upload a YouTube short

The YouTube mobile app allows you to upload videos shorter than 60 seconds and in a vertical or square aspect ratio as “Shorts,” a new style of video on the platform similar to TikTok videos. This option is available when you upload the properly formatted video following the instructions we provided earlier. If your video is longer than 60 seconds, but properly formatted, you can trim it to meet the length requirement within the app. Shorts can be posted with hashtags. Use the hashtag #Shorts if you want YouTube to potentially recommend your video across the platform.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How to upload a video to YouTube: a step-by-step guide